Barry O’Donnell

Adjunct Instructor

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Or by appointment

B.A., Economics, Virginia Military Institute, 1971

At Virginia Tech Since 1989


Barry O’Donnell is a (title) in the Management Department, where he provides career advising for Management majors and teaches Career Planning Strategy for Management Majors, Management Internships, and Introduction to Business. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute and pursued graduate study in Economics at Virginia Tech prior to being called to military service as a US Army Captain.

In 1973 he began a sixteen year career in Human Resources with Dominion Bankshares (now Wells Fargo) and later served from 1981-89 as Vice President and HR Generalist for Bank of America supporting the corporation’s Operations Services Group. His primary areas of focus were professional and college recruitment, employee relations, and management & professional development. He designed and taught numerous management development programs for both banks, and has instructed Principles of Economics, Money and Banking, and Human Resources as college credit courses for the American Institute of Banking.

Having interviewed business students at Virginia Tech for 16 years, he was recruited in 1989 to the position of Associate Director for the Pamplin MBA Program and provided 25 years of career advising for MBAs. He developed two required MBA core courses: MGT 5404, MBA Career Planning and MGT 5414, MBA Professional Job Search Strategy.

Mr. O’Donnell has conducted numerous programs for Pamplin College’s Management & Professional Development Programs. He has also served on the Professional Development Advisory Committee for the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and has been a representative to that organization for Virginia Tech. He has presented at the annual conferences for the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and the MBA Career Services Council (MBACSC) and served on the initial Standards Committee for MBACSC.

He has consulted with Kroger, NASA-Langley, National SHRM HR Directors’ Roundtable, White House Apple Products, American Waterworks Association, Framatome, American Electric Power, Wolseley (Ferguson Enterprises), Virginia Police Chiefs’ Foundation, Phoenix Integration, VA Medical Center, Textile Information Users Council, Litton Poly Scientific (Moog), Federal Mogul, Stellar One (now Union Bank) and Revivicor .

Academic institutions with which Mr. O’Donnell has consulted include the Radford University MBA Program, James Madison University, Bentley College (Boston), APSIA – the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, members of the Challenge Consortium (Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Longwood College, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Roanoke College Sweetbriar College, and Virginia Military Institute), and Philadelphia University.

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